Pair Behind Viral #MOMTRUTHS Videos Bring Views To Stage

March 13, 2019

It’s the ultimate girls’ night out. And Cat & Nat are hosting the party.

Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer are friends whose #MOMTRUTHS videos went viral thanks to their raw, unfiltered and funny views on life, marriage, friendship and motherhood.

The videos spawned a “#MOM

TRUTHS” YouTube channel, podcast and an upcoming book, as well as an online community of support for women all over the world to share in the joy, stress, guilt and more that goes along with motherhood.

Now viewers can join in the fun in real life with “Cat & Nat #MOM

TRUTHS Live!” which takes place Tuesday, March 19, at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7. Tickets range from $25 to $100, plus fees.

The Toronto-based duo will do some readings from their book as well as engage in their typical banter. As Telfer pointed out, nothing is scripted, so the show is just as off-the-cuff and genuine as their online content.

“It’s an energy-based show,” Telfer said. “We play off of the crowd. It’s sounds so crazy, but we host people. ... We’re making sure everyone is having a good time.”

And the show isn’t just for moms. Telfer and Belknap said men are known to come to the show, as are single women, those who aren’t parents and even women in their teens and early 20s. The show is about life, they said, and how we all need to take time for ourselves.

The #MOMTRUTHS videos started as a way to give moms a place to talk about anything and everything, even the hard stuff they face, as well as a space to laugh and let go. The live show is an extension of that and for anyone who needs it, featuring real stories as well as cocktails, mocktails and dancing shirtless men.

“As moms, as parents or as adults, we think we’re not supposed to be having fun,” Telfer said. “We’re supposed to be working or being busy. ... This show is about being together and having a fun night out and not worrying or feeling guilty like you should be doing something else. We’re just here to kind of facilitate that.”

“We’re fun starters,” Belknap added.

The women also insisted audience members should not be afraid to go alone since they’ll end up making friends at the show.

“If you’re thinking about coming but you don’t have anyone to go with, just come because you will leave with friends,” Belknap said. “The whole show is about women and friendship and community and supporting each other.”

Telfer added that sense of camaraderie is a testament to the women in the audience and the #MOMTRUTHS community as a whole. Women get a bad rap for being insecure, jealous and not supportive of other women, but Telfer and Belknap insisted that isn’t what they see in their online and real-life communities.

“When you look at your life and think about the hard times in your life, it’s a woman that’s there to support you,” Telfer said. “That’s what we’re offering here and what’s happened. It’s an amazing thing to see.”

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If you go

What: “Cat & Nat: #MOMTRUTHS Live!” When: Tuesday, March 19; doors open, 5:30 p.m.; show, 7 Where: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre

Details: Tickets cost $25 to $45, plus fees, for general admission and $100, plus fees, for VIP. They can be purchased at the box office, kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

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